Brazil international Paulinho may have only joined Tottenham in the summer for a then-club-record £17million fee, and to be rather frank the 25 year-old hasn’t had the impact on the Premier League that many anticipated at the start of the season.

Fitness, form and deciding upon which role best suits the box-to-box midfielder have all been burdening issues for Paulinho, but regardless, there are already rumours that he could be on the move at the end of the season, following the Lilywhites’ capitulated campaign.

Ahead of the January transfer window, after just six months in North London, surprising reports emerged of Carlo Ancelotti’s interest in the former Corinthians star, viewing him as the ideal addition to the already illustrious Real Madrid roster.

It’s also believed several Italian sides have had their eye on Paulinho for some time, and others have even have speculated a potential switch to Manchester United, in a bid to solve the Premier League champions’ lack of creativity and pace in the engine room.

The summer signing has added further fuel to the fire this week, publicly stating that he’s become ‘frustrated’ at White Hart Lane due to his reduced playing time – in favour of rookie Nabil Bentaleb – since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas in the dugout in late December.